Largest Asian Poker Tour Series underway in Da Nang, Vietnam; VND 12BN (~US$ 500,000) Main Event kicks off tomorrow


Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

This season’s poker craze is far from over, especially with the widely recognized Asian Poker Tour currently celebrating its largest festival lineup in brand history. The ongoing Summer Series situated in five star Furama Resort Da Nang, Vietnam, boasts 57 trophy events showcasing a variety of games including PLO High and Hi-Lo, a mixed Omaha and Seven-card Stud Hi-Lo game, a Limit mixed Stud game, a Limit H-O-R-S-E tournament, a NL 2-7 Single Draw and a Limit Triple Draw Mix, a Short Deck tournament and a variety of Hold’em variants – Crazy Pineapple, Super Hold’em, and NLH – Deuces Wild. 

While the innovation across the region’s poker scene makes it a destination in itself, the festival’s VND 26BN (~US$ 1,100,000) guaranteed prize pool is definitely not one to miss. Scheduled to run through July 30th, players can still make their way to the sunny beachside location to join the festivities. Only five out of 61 tournaments have concluded so far, with plenty of time and opportunity to claim the most lucrative of prizes up for contention. Coming up are several highlights listed below, not to mention the series’ massive VND 12BN (~US$ 500,000) guaranteed Main Event which kicks off tomorrow, July 24th.

APT Summer Series Da Nang Key Events

APT Main Event
Buy-in: VND 35,000,000 (~US$ 1,505)
Guarantee: VND 12,000,000,000 (~US$ 500,000)
Dates: July 24-29, 2023

Flight A (60 minute blinds) – July 24, Monday
Flight B (45 minute blinds) – July 25, Tuesday
Flight C & D (30 minute blinds) – July 26, Wednesday
Day 2 (Reg open until start) – July 27, Thursday
Day 3 – July 28, Friday
Final Day – July 29, Saturday

Sunday Super Stack
Date: July 23, 2023
Buy-in: VND 8,000,000 (~US$ 340)
Guarantee: VND 1,000,000,000 (~US$ 42,000)

Superstar Challenge
Date: July 24, 2023
Buy-in: VND 150,000,000 (~US$ 6,450)

Zodiac Classic Sponsored by Natural8
Date: July 27-28, 2023
Buy-in: VND 20,000,000 (~US$ 860)
Guarantee: VND 1,500,000,000 (~US$ 63,000)

Double Stack
Date: July 28-29, 2023
Buy-in: VND 14,000,000 (~US$ 600)
Guarantee: VND 2,000,000,000 (~US$ 84,000)

Mini Main Event
Date: July 29-30, 2023
Buy-in: VND 11,000,000 (~US$ 470)
Guarantee: VND 1,500,000,000 (~US$ 63,000)

APT High Roller
Date: July 29-30, 2023
Buy-in: VND 80,000,000 (~US$ 3,440)
Guarantee: VND 5,000,000,000 (~US$ 210,000)

Photo Credit – Asian Poker Tour

Last year’s APT Summer Series at Hanoi awarded local runner Dinh Duc Linh a careeer-best score of VND 3.4BN (~US$ 145.5K) after besting the 581-entry field. Linh defeated India’s Akshay Nasa in heads up battle and secured the 24K golden lion APT Main Event trophy in addition to his top prize. 

This summer’s VND 35MN (~US$ 1,505) buy-in APT Main Event features a VND 12BN (~US$ 500K) prize pool, where Flight A is set to run tomorrow. While the brand is known for its great tournament structures, jumping in the earlier starting flights offers more playability across the longer blind levels – Flight A (60 mins), Flight B (45 mins), Flight C and D (30 mins). After four flights have concluded, players can still snag the last chance to qualify through Day 2 with registration still open until 11:00 on Thursday, July 27. Wrapping up the festival, the Main Event champion will be crowned on the tournament’s Final Day, July 29th following six days of action.

Players just arriving can also look forward to the upcoming highlights – Superstar Challenge, Zodiac Classic Sponsored by Natural8, Double Stack, Mini Main Event, and the APT High Roller. The Superstar Challenge, which posts the most expensive entry fee of VND 150,000,000 (~US$ 6,450) is sure to attract some of the industry’s brightest stars and a generated prize pool worth tuning into. Its previous edition recorded the richest Superstar Challenge pot and awarded Australia’s Alan Pham VND 1,985,390,000 (~US$ 84,640) in first place money. The Zodiac Classic Sponsored by Natural8 on the other hand, is a fresh addition to the APT lineup only introduced earlier this 2023. The last three key events listed follow two days of scheduled play for the festival’s tail end, with the concluding APT High Roller bound to award the coveted bronze lion APT trophy.

2023 APT Summer Series Da Nang Schedule of Events






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Janette Dee

Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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